The value proposition

SPARC Europe has a track record in driving Open Access forward by influencing Open policies in Europe and working with European institutions such as the European Commission, Europe’s research institutions and universities, and organisations with allied Open agendas. SPARC Europe consistently initiates, facilitates, and supports the implementation of the long-term objective of opening access to European research for all.

Our vision

Driving to make more research accessible to all, and striving to make Open the default in Europe: For the academic community, education, industry, and for society.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide leadership to Europe’s research community to enable the conditions, opportunities and rights for more access to Europe’s research for all.

Our goals

Our work is focused on making open the default in scholarly communication. We believe we can best do this by:

  1. supporting pan-European and national Open Science / Scholarship agendas in the areas of Open Access to publications, Open Peer Review, Open Data, and OER, as well as research evaluation, and research integrity.
  2. providing leadership across Europe for Open Science and Scholarship leveraging strong contacts with policy makers and Europe’s research institutions across Europe.
  3. reinforcing Open Science / Scholarship work across Europe through increased collaboration with organisations, projects, and initiatives such as the Open Science Policy Platform, EARMA, LIBER, EIFL, EuroCRIS, Science Europe, EUA, Knowledge Exchange and others by
  4. encouraging new norms and practice for cultural change in academia in the area of scholarly communication – making Open the default.

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Governance and management of SPARC Europe

SPARC Europe is governed by a Board of Directors. This is an eminent group of individuals well known within the European research library community.

Day-today running of the organisation is the responsibility of the SPARC Europe team.

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